Bineperipika pa ng Department of Justice (DOJ) ang mga ulat na pumanaw na ang convicted drug lord na si Jaybee Sebastian at walong iba pa dahil sa coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Ayon kay DOJ Sec. Menardo Guevarra, sa ngayon ay nasa proseso sila ng kumpirmasyon kung totoo ang naturang ulat.
Ayon sa pahayag ni BuCor Chief director General Gerald Bantag, sinosolusyunan na ng bilibid ang kaso ng mga nagkaka COVID19 sa loob ng kulungan narito ang bahagi ng kanyang pahayag:
“Indeed there are PDL (Person Deprived of Liberty) who died due to covid 19. However, as much as we want to inform the public with respect to the names of pdl who died due to covid 19, the data privacy act prohibits us from doing so.
Rest assured that the bureau of corrections is doing its best to address this pandemic. In fact, we have a high rate of recovery and we are glad to report to the public that all our interventions appear to be doing well and effective.
We have been doing quick identification, isolation and treatment programs which have greatly mitigated the risks brought about by the Covid19 virus. We have also entered into partnership with other gov’t agencies , int’l org, and non gov’t org to strenthen our drive in addressing this pandemic which claimed thousands of lives around the world.
We are thankful for the continued support of countless good samaritans who have unselfishly shared their resources, time and expertise with us in this very challenging times. Your support immensely boost our morale especially when we feel at times that we are doing a risky but thankless job in this corner of our community. Together, we heal as one.”
Si Sebastian ang isa sa mga tumestigo sa iligal na kalakalan ng droga sa loob ng New Bilibid Prison.
Siya rin ang pangunahing witness laban kay Senador Leila de Lima.
Samantala, sinasabing patay din dahil sa COVID-19 sina Ryan Ong, Amin Buratong, Francis Go, Jimmy Yang, Benjamin Marcelo, Zhang Zhu Li, Jimmy Kinsing Hung, at Eugene Chua.
Ayon sa huling ulat, na-cremate na ang bangkay ni Jaybee Sebastian ayon sa officer ng public cemetery Panteon de Dasmariñas noong Sabado ng gabi.